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Halimah Yacob named Singapore’s first Malay president

An establishment figure has been named Singapore’s first female president after a “walkover” election that saw no vote after no other contenders ran for the position. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post originally due this month after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria. Yacob, 63, is expected to be sworn into office on Thursday. Yacob is Singapore’s first ethnic Malay president in 47 years. Authorities had decided to allow only candidates from the Malay community to put...

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Myanmar: Who are the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army?

More than 300,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their ancestral homeland in Myanmar’s western region of Rakhine amid a campaign of murder, torture, arson and mass rape by Myanmar security forces and allied Buddhist mobs. The latest mass exodus, which began on August 25, comes after a small group of Rohingya men attacked around 30 police and army posts in Rakhine State, killing 12 officers, according to the government. Residents and eyewitnesses have told Al Jazeera that the army retaliated with disproportionate force, burning down scores of Rohingya homes and villages as they tried to hunt down the attackers. The Myanmar army has put the death toll at around...

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Qatari flight paths rerouted by Gulf crisis

Flights departing and arriving at the Qatari capital of Doha continue to be disrupted by the diplomatic rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all closed their airspace to Qatar Airways flights on June 5, 2017. Since then, Qatar Airways has resumed flights over the reopened international airspace over Bahrain and the UAE. READ MORE: Qatar diplomatic crisis: All the latest updates  Iranian airspace now supports major air-traffic flow for many destinations within the Middle East. Since the blockade, Qatar Airways has opened several new routes including direct flights to...

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HRW: Israeli banks complicit in settlement expansion

A leading rights group says Israeli banks are contributing to the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank by providing loans and mortgages for construction there. A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) released on Wednesday says no Israeli law requires the banks to provide such services for the settlements. It says the banks have continued to do so regardless of their human rights obligations. “Israeli banks are financing settlement construction and facilitating settlement expansion as a matter of choice, not because they are somehow required to do so under domestic law,” said Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine...

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